South Korea is a beautiful country and it would take more than 7 days and 6 nights to get to know. I would personally love to go back there and visit places which are not tourist hot spots and just soak in everything South Korea has to offer. Here, I am sharing our itinerary and budget; fare warning to all of you – we did not just go to free admission places, we spent our hard-earned money enjoying the different attractions the country had to offer.

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ACCOMMODATION

1. Fortune Jongno Hostel (We stayed here for 5 nights)
  • Affordable
  • Clean towels everyday
  • Air-conditioned room (although we barely used it because of the very cold weather)
  • Comfy bed and sheets (good-enough to keep you warm)
  • Free breakfast every morning (hard-boiled eggs, toasted bread and jam)
  • Wifi
  • Convenience store right across the hostel
  • Strategic place hence very convenient
2. Yoo’s Family Guest House (We stayed here for 1 night)
  • Affordable (more coslty than the hostel although it was a great experience to stay in)
  • Clean towels everyday
  • Air-conditioned room (although we barely used it because of the very cold weather)
  • Comfy foam and sheets (we rented one family room with 2 separate sleeping area)
  • Free breakfast (bibimbowl-style)
  • Wifi
  • Also a very strategic place hence very convenient
  • Traditional Korean House (great experience!)

** As being tourists in another country (we were mostly out and traveling), the accommodations we stayed in sufficed our needs during the night. **


TRANSPORTATION

  • AIRFARE (we got to book 1 year advance from AirAsia’s seat sale)
  • TRAIN (Korea’s transportation system is awesome compared to the Philippines. You can get a train card called T-money at the airport, usually at the information centers.The T-money can be used for the train, bus, taxi, and convenience stores.)
  • BUS (As their train system is prompt,convenient, efficient and oh-so-clean, so is their bus system. We used the bus several times only. To and from the airport and to the Korean Folk Village.)
  • PRIVATE BUS/COASTER (We rented a private bus/coaster for our Day 3 journey to Le Petit France/Nami Island/Garden of Morning Calm. It was more convenient as these places are quite far.)

** I cannot emphasize how helpful the transportation system is during your stay in South Korea. Maps are very helpful, you can save one in advance in your cellular phones. South Korea is very helpful to tourist as they have tourist assistance located at all tourist hot spots (They have/give maps which are helpful!). **


ITINERARY

So here goes our SEVEN days/SIX nights itinerary breakdown in South Korea.

Day 1 – October 15, 2016
NAIA Terminal 3 • Incheon International Airport • Hongdae • Seoul Station • Lotte Mart

12:00 PM – Arrived in Incheon International Airport. (Before leaving the airport, we picked up the pocket-wifi and bought our transportation cards.)

1:45 PM – Took the Airport bus #6011.

3:30 PM – Arrived at Fortune Jongno Hostel. (Got down at the nearest bus stop to our hostel. This was booked through Agoda and we stayed here for 5 nights. Such a good location!)

4:00 PM – Hongdae. (Traveled to Hongdae through train. Walked around the area and grabbed dinner in one of the restaurants. There were such artistic and culturally engaging streets.)

8:00 PM – Seoul Station and Lotte Mart. (Traveled to Seoul Station through train. We bought alot of groceries and snacks from Lotte Mart which were in wholesale and really good prices.)

10:00 PM – Arrived back at Hostel to get some sleep. It was a great first day!

Day 2 – October 16, 2016
Jogyesa Temple • Ssamziegil Market • Insadong • Ehwa Women’s University • Coex Mall • Bongeusa Temple • Banpo Bridge

7:30 AM – Jogyesa Temple. (This was walking distance from our hostel which was really great. Such a beautiful temple and we were in luck as they were celebrating their Chrysanthemum Festival which showcased their classic autumn flowers.)

9:00 AM – Ssamziegil Market at Insadong. (Ssamziegil Mall is right along Insadong which is very near the Jogyesa Temple, here you can shop for souvenirs and really neat arts and crafts.)

1:00 PM – Ehwa Woman’s University. (Traveled through the train to get to Ehwa. A great place to walk around and do more shopping.)

5:00 PM – Coex Mall. (Traveled through train to get here. We just passed by to look around since it was on our way to Bonguesa Temple.)

6:00 PM – Bonguesa Temple. (Walked from Coex Mall to Bonguesa Temple. This place really had great scenery.)

** We were initially going to walk to K Star Road and other places but it was quite a long walk. We stopped in a certain place to eat at Paris Baguette then decided to head on to Banpo Bridge instead. Luckily, when we were in the train station Tony Molly was in a 70% sale and we got really great cosmetic deals. **

8:00 PM – Banpo Bridge. (Traveled through train to get here then walked a little. Although it was quite a disappointment, wouldn’t recommend it if you were to go there for the lights.)

10:00 PM – Arrived back at Hostel to get some sleep. Yay for the second day!

** We got lost getting back at the hostel. I guess it’s part of the journey! **

Day 3 – October 17, 2016
Le Petite France • Nami Island • Garden of Morning Calm

7:30 AM – Traveled to Le Petit France. (We rented out a coaster/mini bus as it was way cheaper/easier/convenient since we were accompanied with 7 other friends of Mark’s sister.)

9:00 AM – Le Petit France. (We were the first to arrive and it was great because after 30 minutes or so, the place was jam-packed. Such a cute little place.)

11:30 AM  – Nami Island. (When we arrived, we ate at the coast right before riding the ferry to the main island. For some reason, there were a lot of restaurants selling korean chicken bbq here. This was one of the highlights of the trip. Enjoyed biking and just relaxing around the island.)

4:30 PM – Garden of Morning Calm. (Spent a little over an hour and a half here because it was getting too dark. It was such a beautiful place and would have loved to stay a lot longer.)

8:00 PM – Arrived back at Hostel to get some sleep. Yay for the beautiful day!

Day 4 – October 18, 2016
Korean Folk Village • Everland

10:00 AM – Korean Folk Village. (Traveled to Korean Folk Village for over 2 hours.It was quite a long journey there by train and a bus ride. Of course, this place did not disappoint.)

3:00 PM – Everland. (Traveled to Everland from KFV by taxi, it was quite pricey although its the only convenient way to get there. Such a great and beautiful theme park!)

7:00 PM – Departure from Everland. (Everland provides a coaster ride to the nearest bus station which was very convenient to all the tourists and guests there with no personal vehicle.)

8:30 PM – Arrived back at Hostel to get some rest. Yay for the adventurous day!

Day 5 – October 19, 2016
Nandaemun Market • N Seoul Tower • Myeongdong

9:00 AM – Nandaemun Market. (We traveled by train to get here. Great place to buy socks! So cheap and such great designs!)

12:00 PM – Lunch near N Seoul Tower. (More korean chicken bbq!)

1:00 PM – N Seoul Tower. (Arrived to the tower through cable car. Of course, we placed our love lock on the tower.)

4:00 PM – Myeongdong. (Traveled by train to Myeongdong. Infamous for its cheap cosmetics, although I still found it too pricey unlike the goods we found at the train stations. We did get to enjoy a lot of street food and did a little shopping.)

7:30 PM – Arrived back at Hostel to get some rest.

Day 6 – October 20, 2016
Gyeongbokgung Palace • Bukchon Hanok Village •  Dongdaemun Design Plaza • Cheonggyecheon Stream

8:00 AM – Left our baggage at Yoo’s Family Guest House. (This was a traditional Korean folk home where we will stay for our last night in Korea which was actually walking distance from our hostel so it was very convenient.)

9:00 AM – Gyeongbokgung Palace. (This was walking distance from Yoo’s Family Guest House. We stayed up until 10 for the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony; sadly, it did not push through as they were preparing for a festival. We did get to take pictures with the Royal Guards.)

10:30 AM – Bukchon Hanok Village. (This was also walking distance from the palace, it was just great to walk around and see the earlier architecture of the country.)

3:00 PM – Dongdaemun Design Plaza. (DDP! We traveled to DDP by train. I love this place so much. We got to tour the whole place and look at the exhibits inside for free!)

6:00 PM – Cheonggycheon Stream. (Traveled by train from DDP. I believe it would be more enjoyable if we were there a little earlier.)

8:00 PM – Arrived at Traditional Korean Folk Home.

Day 7 – October 21, 2016
Incheon International Airport •  NAIA Terminal 3 

9:00 AM – Travel to Incheon International Airport.

1:00 PM – Departure from Incheon International Airport.

4:30 PM – WELCOME BACK HOME!


CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS FROM OUR TRIP HERE!


BUDGET

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 ** This budget breakdown is for one person only. As you can see, some of the expenses were shared among 6 people. We weren’t stringent tourists, although we also did not splurge. We spent our money as our budget could allow it. **

** You may download voucher’s online for entrance fee discounts (Nami, KFV, and Le Petit France offer them). **


CHECK OUT OUR EXPERIENCE ON GETTING A SOUTH KOREAN VISA HERE!


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